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Picea abies - 'Repens' (Weeping Spruce)

Type Conifer, Alpine, Evergreen, Ground cover
Form Ground-Hugging Rounded Clump, Architectural Form
Size Low Border / Edging / Ground Cover Plant (up to 50cm height)
Colours Medium green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Picea abies - Cultivation Notes

Spruce will tolerate any soil other than the very chalky soil or overly moist / wet. They require a spot in full but prefer the company of other trees and shrubs being well suited to mixed planting. This evergreen conifer will grow horizontally where it act as ideal ground cover so allow plenty of space for spreading.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Picea abies:

  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Fruit / berry producing
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Picea abies

  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers
  • Does not tolerate very dry or very wet soils
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